George Griswold

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George R. Griswold
10th Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
In office
March 8, 1853 – January 1855
Governor Andrew Parsons
Preceded by Andrew Parsons
Succeeded by George Coe
Member of the Michigan Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1794-12-31)December 31, 1794
New York, U.S.
Died April 5, 1857(1857-04-05) (aged 62)
on board the USS Dolphin off the African coast
Resting place Forest Home Cemetery
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Political party Whig
Republican Party
Profession Lawyer
Newspaper Publisher
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1855-1857
Rank Purser

George R. Griswold (December 31, 1794 – April 5, 1857) was an American politician and tenth Lieutenant Governor from the U. S. state of Michigan.

Early life[edit]

Griswold was born in the U.S. state of New York and later moved to Detroit, Michigan and practiced law.


Griswold served as clerk of the first Michigan House of Representatives in 1835. He was register of deeds from 1837 to 1841 and clerk of Wayne County from 1843 to 1847. In 1839 he became owner and publisher of the Detroit Morning Post, and he became State Printer.[1] He later served in the Michigan Senate from Detroit (1st District) from 1848 until 1849 and again in 1853 when he served as president pro tempore.[2]

On March 8, 1853, Michigan Governor Robert McClelland resigned to become Secretary of the Interior under Franklin Pierce. As a result, Lieutenant Governor Andrew Parsons became Governor and Griswold became the tenth Lieutenant Governor and served from 1853 to 1854.[3] On September 16 of that year he was appointed a purser in the U. S. Navy. He served as acting lieutenant governor until George Coe was elected and then took his place in January 1855.


Griswold died on board the USS Dolphin off the African coast just over two years after leaving office.


  1. ^ Michigan. Legislature. Senate. Journal. 1839 Harvard University. p. 530. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ EARLY HISTORY WITH BIOGRAPHIES OF STATE OFFICERS. 1888 the University of Michigan. p. 313. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Michigan Manual. 1906 - Michigan. p. 118. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrew Parsons
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
George Coe